- Memory: I have flashes of memory of the hospital's incubator the first few weeks after I was born. I can remember the black and white television and images of the first US lunar landing in 1969 - I was one. In high school and college, I could remember texts and concepts and the location of the information; on the left, on the right, top or bottom, and which paragraph. Visuals and charts were easily remembered. I remember dates, but I have always struggled with names. I can see the canvas of my life, except the two years of middle school are a blur. I have an amazing ability to self-forget, particularly my own goals.
- Gravity: I drop things. I knock things over. I run into things. Often. One other nickname is "Little Black Cloud."
- Sleep walking/talking: Once or twice a month I’ll sit up in bed and talk. Sometimes I get out of bed and walk around, looking for something. Supposedly, I point at a wall or doorway. As a kid, I was the horror of the camp ground when my family went camping - kicking and screaming, turned upside down in my sleeping bag, punching, and I’d wake up the next morning not remembering one thing. My parents also used to steer me from the hallway back into my bed.
- Blanket: My Mom repaired my baby blanket when I was eight. She covered the yellow background with cowboys and cacti images with a cream-colored course material, sewed/hemmed the edges multiple times, then criss-crossed the middle sections - encasing the original blanket inside. The blanket survived nearly 42 years. I retired it when my Mom died in 2010.
- Snow skiing: I lived 20+ years in Utah and never tried snow skiing. See the gravity issue above, but consider that me on two slippery objects on a snow-covered hill is not a good idea. Ever.
- Black spot: I have a black spot in my right eye, below and to the right of my pupil.
- Cat and I share the same birth day: I wanted to rescue a kitten through ARF - the Animal Rescue Foundation. I went with friends to look at kittens, but they didn’t have kittens that day. My friends insisted I look anyway. There was a cat in the back row in the bottom cage. I leaned down to look at the cat and all I could see was two yellow-green eyes staring at me. I leaned closer and the black cat put his paw through the cage and petted my face. When I had him out of the cage, he threw his arms around my neck and hugged me. I read his paperwork: Saturn, male, 1.5 years old, and born on April 14. He lived with me 7 years before he died on May 31st, 2008. Rest in peace, little guy.
- Scar: I was thirty yeas old when I had a conversation about an operation I had right after I was born - I'd never known. To be clear, the doctor did such a good job that I had no idea it was a scar. No, I didn't name the scar. No, I'm not posting a picture. No.
- Birth mother parallels: I met my birth-mother in April 1996, a day before my birthday. We shared many parallels: both introverted until 18-19 years old, both found solace with fiction/fantasy/science-fiction during those introverted years, both English/Literature majors, both worked as Payroll managers, both loved the outdoors/camping/hiking, and both had a career involving software applications.
- Synesthesia: When I hear music, or sometimes during conversations, I see colors or images of the sounds that are made, such as waves, spikes, or flashes of light that accompany the sounds. When I'm resting or meditating and I hear a loud or unexpected noise, I will see the sound from the direction in which it came, like ripples across a pool of water.
Thursday, April 19, 2012
TT: 10 Weird Things Meme
This week's topic for Talk Thursday is "Ten Weird Things About Me." Thanks, Cele. My list, in no particular order includes: